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Local News November 24, 2004

Local REALTOR Earns Seniors Specialist Designation

Local REALTOR Earns Seniors Specialist Designation


Gwen Herbert, a Realtor with Realty Executives in Escondido has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) professional designation by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council in Murphys, California.



 Gwen Herbert, newly named Senior Real Estate Specialist


Seniors Real Estate Specialists are trained to help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property, managing the capital options of owning real estate, obtaining a reverse mortgage, moving to a senior community, and other issues. By earning the SRES designation, Herbert has demonstrated that she has the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a seniors real estate specialist.


The Senior Advantage Real Estate Council (SAREC) tracks the special issues and needs of senior property owners and provides education to REALTORS  who make seniors an important focus of their business. The SRES designation was introduced in 1997 and is nationally recognized.


Herbert can be reached at 760-751-1857. More information about the council is available by calling 800-500-4564 or at their website:


Gallo Tops

Escondido Vote


Escondido Councilmember Ed Gallo not only topped the vote-getters in the recent city election but it appears he may have set a record in doing so. With 20,186 votes (32.58% of the total) Gallo’s office shows that he received the highest number of votes in any contested election in Escondido’s history.


 Ed Gallo,
Escondido City Councilmember


Gallo received 20,186 votes or 32.58% of the total.  Coming in second was Sam Abed, with 14,536 votes (23.46).  Abed edged out Tom D’Agosta, the incumbent councilmember, who drew 13,912 (22.46).


Open House at the San Diego

Archaeological Center


The San Diego Archaeological Center will be open to the public during the famous San Pasqual Battlefield Reenact-ment Day on Sunday, December 5, 2004. Center staff will be conducting a preview of Project Archaeology, a national heritage education program for educators and students.


The Center has provided Project Archaeology programs to over 900 students in the past two years. Public, private, charter and magnet school classes, scout troops and home-schooled students have participated.


Visitors to the Center will have the chance to participate in a modified version of Project Archaeology. After a short lesson in archaeology, each person can excavate an artifact from a bin and complete a lab report.


Admission to the Center is free to the public with tours being offered by staff, volunteers and board members. Visit the Center and Museum during regular operating hours Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. For more information on this event: Contact:  Phone: (760) 291-0370  


Girl Scout Collects 800 Lbs. of Donations for Humane Society


Kim Breed, a member of Girl Scout Troop 8466 in Penasquitos, spent six months collecting an estimated 800 pounds of donated food and supplies for the Escondido Humane Society.  She and her father recently delivered it all to the Society. 


Kim collected 60 different kinds of donations, ranging from baby food to syringes to hair dryers to horse shampoo.  All together, there were several thousand individual items.

"Many people help us by donating goods," said Ina Shookoff, EHS director of education, but this far exceeds anything I have seen in the nearly 10 years I've been with EHS.  Every department received significant amounts of goods; I felt Christmas had arrived early."


Kim said she was helped by her fellow scouts and by members of her church, Penasquitos Lutheran.  She is working toward becoming a Senior Girl Scout, the highest level, and she has a lot of supporters at the Escondido Humane Society. 


Kim Breed and the 800+ lbs. of supplies she collected for EHS.


Bob Gray, Owner of Discount Carpets, Dies


Well known businessman, Bob Gray, who owned Discount Carpets in San Marcos, died at Palomar Hospital last Friday, November 12th. 


Born in San Diego on May 21, 1941, Mr. Gray was 63 years of age at his passing.  He lived in Escondido.  He is survived by a son, Sean B. L. Peck of Encinitas.  Mr. Gray’s inurnment took place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Escondido, next to his mother.



 Bob Gray, dead at 63 


Discount Carpets remains open, now owned and operated by Mr. Gray’s son, Sean Peck.  The number at the store is 741.8359.


December 11th

Tea and Taxes


Well known Valley Center and San Marcos attorney, John Smylie, has scheduled an interesting seminar for Saturday, December 11th, at the Valley Center Library. Titled “Tea and Taxes,” the seminar will show members of the audience how to plan the proper trust(s) that will allow them to take maximum advantage of the tax laws and reduce taxes to the lowest amount required by law.  Smylie, one of the area’s top tax and estate planning attorneys, promises to share the trade secrets of the top tax advisors of the nation to help arrange financial affairs in such a manner that the most beneficial treatment legally possible is attained. Seating is limited so RSVP’s (or questions) should be called in to 727.4248.

John Smylie, Valley Center and San Marcos Attorney


Babes in Toyland Coming


The City of San Marcos’ Theatre West, Youth Theater will be presenting “Babes in Toyland” on December 2, 3, 4, & 5 (Thursday & Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM).    A  cast of 40 young actors from the North County area will entertain audiences of all ages in this musical performance.


The performances will be held in the Hearth Theater at the San Marcos Community Recreation Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos.  Tickets are $5.00 each for adults, children, or seniors.


Tickets are available in advance and tickets may also be purchased at the door.  Groups of 20 or more may receive discount tickets by making advanced reservations. For further information and reservations call 760-744-9000.


A Home for the Holly-Days?


Holly (her real name) invites you to the Escondido Humane Society Christmas Boutique Fundraiser, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, at the shelter.   A really sweet and gentle two-year-old boxer mix, Holly loves other dogs and belly rubs.        


Holly - all dressed up. Will she have a place to go for the holly-days? Could be up to you.



Escondido Humane Society Holiday Boutique Fundraiser


Want your pet to be photographed with Santa?  Looking for special hand-crafted gifts for loved ones?  Hungry for delicious baked goodies?


You can get all that and more at the Escondido Humane Society's Second Annual Holiday Boutique Fundraiser on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5, at the center, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido.  The times are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


"Proceeds from the sale of all these items will benefit the society," said Phil Morgan, president and CEO, "and we're hoping to raise several thousand dollars.  It takes $25 a day to house, feed and provide needed care for an animal, so the money we raise will go a long way."


This year, the boutique will feature 10 craftspeople selling their creations, said Morgan, plus animal beds, toys, fancy collars and leashes, and many other pet-related gifts. There will be raffles for special items, as well, he noted.


The pet photos with Santa will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.      They will be taken with a digital camera and printed for you in the size you choose right after being taken. The donation for the photo is $10.


Founded in 1915, the Escondido Humane Society advocates the elimination of animal abuse, pet overpopulation and homelessness among companion animals and finds new homes for surrendered, stray and abandoned animals.